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“Do Not Listen To The Negative Reviews - Panos + Family = Legends!”

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Villa Diasselo Apartments
Ranked #29 of 91 Hotels in Malia
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

We are just back from a two week holiday in Malia and stayed at the Diasselo Apartments. After reading reviews on here we were rather concerned, but what we arrived was the complete opposite!. We arrived early morning and were welcomed and led to our rooms and helped with our cases etc, we were rather tipsy from the flight! We met Panos in the morning and had a chat etc. The rooms were clean and large enought with sufficient cooking equiptment.

There were 6 of us all together, we had our music on in the rooms, hung out on the balcony, chilled by the pool with our tunes on and Panos was fine with us. One night we were all rough, we stayed in and had a few drinks with Panos and had a few games of pool with him aswell. Top Bloke! Marianna's cooking skills are quality, a nice ham and cheese omelette sorted us out nearly every morning.

The Apartments are located in an ideal area, 10-15 mins walk to the strip, with plenty of resturants & supermarkets etc along the way.
On our fancy dress night out, Panos advised us what was acceptable up the strip so we didnt get lifted by the police, as our costumes initially were a tad risky (See Photo) which potentially saved us a bomb.

Would highly recommend the apartments and if we are returning to Malia we shall definately be returning (hopefully still to find our t-shirt hanging above the bar :P ).

We would like to thank Panos and Marianna for an amazing holiday and wish them all the best!

Robbie, Barra, Joke, Dickie, DanDan & Griff.

Room Tip: Would advise to purchase the Air Con - when we were there the temp was in the 40's...was toasty!
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

When reading previous reviews you will fear the worse for when you arrive at Diasselo. However this is not the case me and 7 others stayed here on our lads holiday after comparing reviews with our hotel and theirs we thought we were been sent to a prison camp run by a dictator.
When we arrived we the "guard" took us in showed us our rooms and helped us with the Cases. In the morning we met panos who we thought we were going to have major problems with. On first sights he is a large man I think he was a former body builder (from pictures behind the bar) so is physically imposing. As soon as he speaks you realise he is a very humble and respectful man he explained the rules to us and then told us about Malia and where things were and what to watch out for: quads, unbranded alcohol, gypsies (two gypos tried to pick my pocket on the strip) and the water (the minerals used in the filtering system can make people I'll). After this we only spoke when ordering food or drinks or greeting him goodbye before going out. On our final night he thanked us for been brilliant guests as we remained respectful all of our stay.
Whilst staying here we played music in the rooms on the balconies by the pool talked across the bar made a lot of noise in the pool. We came home every morning at 7 earliest (if one of you hasn't got the key or gets separated get back before 7 or after 9 otherwise there won't be anyone to help you get in your room with a spare key) even with us doing all this; not in an obnoxious way but just enjoying a holiday panos didn't complain once.
The services are good at this hotel the rooms are cleaned every three days however they are thoroughly cleaned and tidied so makes up for the duration of them not been cleaned. There is a computer you can pay to use for Internet or gaming a pool table a well stocked bar and a very nice menu. Prices seems a
Bit steep compared to the strip. However most of the restaurants on the way to the strip know panos and his hotel so if you let them know your staying with him you get special offers and or maybe free
drink(s). the rooms have sufficient cooking equipment but when comparing the prices of panos' food to ingredients it's more value for money to eat in the bar.
I would go back to this hotel in an instant it's what you need for a basic holiday. 20 mins from the strip and beach at a slow walk which is nice as you aren't constantly greeted by drunks and reps. Plenty of restaurants, bars and supermarkets on the way to the main areas. Also nice facilities for the price you
Pay and run by genuine people. You would have to seriously annoy panos for him to say anything bad against one of his guests. The only people who annoy him are local lads as they make stupid amounts of noise.

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3  Thank J1994
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Reviewed July 20, 2012

I've stayed at the diasselo many times, and i've never been able to fault it. Went this year with 5 others and all had an amazing time. Panos and Mairanna arewarm and welcoming, and if you get chatting to them and they ask you if you want a bbq then do it! absolutey delicious! The rooms are spacious and clean with the pool plenty big enough. I'ts about 10-15 mins walk into malia with stalis the other way. If you enjoy eating out ask Panos for advice he knows where all the good places are.

Room Tip: Make sure you get the air con otherwise it gets very hot
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

The purpose of my holiday was to just go out as it was a lads holiday, so i just booked into any hotel i could find, but diasselo was just brilliant. We arrived in the middle of the night, and straight away we were greeted in a welcoming manor. Panos is a great guy, really laid back, and respects all of his visitors. The food was incredible, really good quality at more than reasonable prices, i would strongly recommend diasselo to everyone and anyone.

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5  Thank Jonathan F
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

I came to Diasselo with 5 others and couldn't fault it. Panos and Marianna are truly amazing hosts! The rooms are immaculate as is the pool and bar areas. It has a great location not far from the strip or Stalis. Sit and have a drink with Panos and Marianna before going out on the town because you will end up leaving Crete with two great friends.

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3  Thank James S
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

We were a group of 10 teenage girls going to Malia for the nightlife and, contrary to what some of the other reviews on here say, we weren't given a respect speech by Pannos. We were never shouted at, but that was probably because we were quiet when we returned from a night out. We were only given one toilet roll for a week between 2 of us, so we did have to buy more, but it wasn't expensive. The maid cleaned our rooms every 3 days and she did so well. We were provided with one towel each, but it was not small, unlike what one review further down says. The food at the hotel was cheap and was good quality, so that was great. We were provided with a kettle, two hobs, a set of cutlery, a couple of mugs and glasses, and a frying pan. Some of the other rooms had pots instead of frying pans, though.
The main beach, the one closest to the strip, was about a twenty-minute walk away.
Pannos and Mariana were both nice, of what we saw. They only spoke to us a few times, but then again we weren't around much.
It's €7 a night for air-conditioning, but if you don't get it and are on the second floor, the rooms stay constantly hot, if the windows are not left open.
We were close enough to the strip to be within a reasonable walking distance (about 15 minutes), but not too close that we could hear the music from the strip at night.
Overall, Diasselo were very good, definitely better than I expected, and I would certainly return.

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5  Thank Laura2011Chester
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Reviewed July 17, 2012

I've stayed in here several times now and it is a truly amazing place to spend your holidays! The owners panos and marianna are very nice people with a heart of gold! They will do anything to make you stay pleasurable. Anything you need ask and they will help ie: what bars and restaurants to go to ( never had a bad meal off the back of there advice). 5 minute stroll to the liveliness of malia and 15 minute walk to the quite yet beautiful resort of stalis! Pool open all day! Bar is open day and night do have a beer and get to know panos and marianna as they love to meet new friends to! I'm sure if you stay here you will return for another holiday!

  • Stayed: June 2012
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4  Thank Kingswoodred
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Address: Papa Michali Katsouli Street, Malia, Crete 700 07, Greece
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Location: Greece > Crete > Heraklion Prefecture > Malia
Hotel Style:
#7 Best Value Hotel in Malia
Price Range: $16 - $79 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Villa Diasselo Apartments 2.5*
Number of rooms: 15
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